“Buntis” Day observed

LAOAG CITY, Mar. 11 – In support to the National ‘Buntis’ Day on Saturday, the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center in Batac City conducted free lecture and laboratory work-ups for pregnant women where knowledge were shared on how to take care of their pregnancy.

Chief of Hospital and President of the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society (POGS)-Region 1 Dr. Ma. Lourdes Otayza said the lecture was a simultaneous activity throughout the country as the POGS is making an attempt at the Guinness World Record for Largest Prenatal Class in multiple venues.

“We joined the nationwide effort and we encouraged pregnant women in the province to join in the activity,” Dr Otayza said.

“Those who have participated the event were given free prenatal examination, urinalysis, and other laboratory examinations. We raffled off the free ultrasound tests and we gave gifts such as milk, vitamins and medicines. We also gave free immunizations to those who need it,” Otayza said.

But more than the free laboratory work-ups and fun, according to Otayza, the participants were given lectures about safe and healthy pregnancy.

Otayza said, the common cause of maternal death is infection due to lack of information or education of expectant mothers.

He said POGS continuously advocate women’s health and the child inside the womb.

The theme for this year’s Buntis Day was ‘Maabilidad na Pinay, Malusog na Nanay.’ (JCR/CCP-PIA 1 Ilocos Norte)